Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick can't seem to catch a break.
One week after suffering a concussion in his return to Atlanta, Vick broke his right hand after a late hit by defensive tackle Chris Canty in Philadelphia's loss to division rival the New York Giants, 29-16.
In the post-game news conference, Vick said he was trying to protect himself -- then called out questionable officiating.
Every time I throw the ball, I'm on the ground, said Vick. And I don't know why I don't get the 15-yard flags like everybody else does.
On the play, Vick completed a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Later, Vick was replaced by Mike Kafka, as Vick watched from the sideline.
It's an unfortunate situation, said Vick. After such a great play I felt like I got hit late, no flag, broke my hand. That's it.
The first set of x-rays reportedly showed no fracture, but the second set showed a break. The veteran quarterback will have a CT scan on Monday, and appears to be quite frustrated by what he's endured three weeks into the 2011 NFL season.
That's pretty much been the story for the past three weeks, and obviously at some point something catastrophic was going to happen, and I broke my hand, he said.
Head coach Andy Reid has vigorously complained in the past about Vick being hit after a play is over.
Many defensive players treat Vick as an open target, as he is a major duel threat as an accurate and deep thrower, and also very effective at scrambling when he sees an opening.
Vick said he is conscious of his safety and tries to protect himself at all times, but prior to the blitz that resulted in the broken hand, he receive hards hits to the head on several occasions, which is bad news for a quarterback coming off a concussion.
It's possible that Vick's broken arm might be a good way to make sure he is fully recovered from the concussion, as one injury could help heal the other. Also, for a player who does a lot of running, Vick might be better served resting in the early part of the season, so he's 100 percent for the late-season games and the playoffs.
But Vick could miss several weeks with the broken hand, and for a club that looked at this season with a Super-Bowl-or-bust mentality, the Eagles may be in serious trouble if he is not at his best if or when he returns this season.
Kafka, who looked very good against the Falcons, struggled against the Giants, throwing an interception on his first pass. Should Vick be out for a long duration, Reid may have to turn to Vince Young if Kafka has repeat performances like Sunday's effort.
The Eagles are very reliant on Vick's play-making ability. Though Vick is a rare breed, Young is also an athletic quarterback with the ability to scramble, but his contribution to Philadelphia has been nearly nonexistent so far.
The results of Monday's CT scan may hold the fate of the Eagles' 2011 season.